Ochoco Pendleton Blanket
This banded robe from the Pendleton Woolen Mills archives first appeared in the 1904 wholesale catalog. It was offered again in 1920, during the Golden Age of the Native American Trade Blanket. Its sawtooth pattern of mountain peaks and crooked rivers represents the landscape of central Oregon’s Ochoco Mountains. This area, home to bald eagles, hawks and falcons, was once a travel route and hunting ground for the Shoshone/Paiute people.
This blanket is reversible giving a different colour emphasis.
- 64″ x 80″
- 82% Pure virgin wool/18% cotton
- Dry clean
- Made in USA
Pendleton history, made new again. From the archives Pendleton have chosen to re-introduce these enduring designs, sure to be just as cherished today as when first created. Dating back as far as 1896, each blanket in the Heritage Collection illustrates the geometric motifs and weaving expertise that quickly became a Pendleton hallmark. An unnapped finish preserves the blanket’s authenticity.
BLANKET ROBES These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. These blankets fit perfectly over a double bed, can be used for wall hangings or just for cuddling up on the sofa.
The role of the blanket is woven deep in the history of Native Americans. For centuries it has been used for warmth, as a medium of exchange, for artistic expression and as an important element of ceremonies and recognition.
In 1909 Pendleton Woolen Mills began weaving what became known as Indian Trade Blankets on its new jacquard looms. Their brilliant colours and sharp details were in great demand. Pendleton weavers and designers worked with their Native American customers to develop colour and design preferences. Today, that tradition of complimentary creation lives on in Pendleton Indian Robes and Shawls, still woven from the finest fleece wool, meant to be used and cherished from generation to generation.
Pendleton Woollen Mills weave the symbols and stories of Native America into fabulous woollen masterpieces. These blankets, ‘robes’ and shawls have become traditional honouring gifts for Native Peoples. Rights of passage such as births, coming of age, graduation, marriage, major milestones and accomplishments are all marked with the giving of a blanket. Not only are ‘Pendletons’ used daily in the home but they are also worn for ceremonies, celebrations and feast days.